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SAU'RIAN, a. [Gr. a lizard.] Pertaining to lizards; designating an order of reptiles.

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SAU'RIAN, a. [Gr. a lizard.] Pertaining to lizards; designating an order of reptiles.

SAU'RI-AN, a. [Gr. σαυρος, a lizard.]

Pertaining to lizards; designating an order of reptiles. – Ed. Encyc.

  1. Of or pertaining to, or of the nature of, the Sauria.

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SAU'RIAN, adjective [Gr. a lizard.] Pertaining to lizards; designating an order of reptiles.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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GROSS, a. [L. crassus.]

1. Thick; bulky; particularly applied to animals; fat; corpulent; as a gross man; a gross body.

2. Coarse; rude; rough; not delicate; as gross sculpture.

3. Coarse, in a figurative sense; rough; mean; particularly, vulgar; obscene; indelicate; as gross language; gross jests.

4. Thick; large; opposed to fine; as wood or stone of a gross grain.

5. Impure; unrefined; as gross sensuality.

6. Great; palpable; as a gross mistake; gross injustice.

7. Coarse; large; not delicate; as gross features.

8. Thick; dense; not attenuated; not refined or pure; as a gross medium of sight; gross air; gross elements.

9. Unseemly; enormous; shameful; great; as gross corruptions; gross vices.

10. Stupid; dull.

Tell her of things that no gross ear can hear.

11. Whole; entire; as the gross sum, or gross amount, as opposed to a sum consisting of separate or specified parts.

GROSS, n. The main body; the chief part; the bulk; the mass; as the gross of the people. [We now use bulk.]

1. The number of twelve dozen; twelve times twelve; as a gross of bottles. It never has the plural form. We say, five gross or ten gross.

In the gross, in gross, in the bulk, or the whole undivided; all parts taken together.

By the gross, in a like sense.

Gross weight, is the weight of merchandize or goods, with the dust and dross, the bag, cask, chest, &c., in which they are contained, for which an allowance is to be made of tare and tret. This being deducted, the remainder or real weight is denominated neat or net weight. Gross weight has lately been abolished in Connecticut by statute, May, 1827.

In English law, a villain in gross, was one who did not belong to the land, but immediately to the person of the lord, and was transferrable by deed, like chattels, from one owner to another.

Advowson in gross, an advowson separated from the property of a manor,and annexed to the person of its owner.

Common in gross, is common annexed to a man's person, and not appurtenant to land.

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